professional advisory board

part of the team

guiding us towards better health

The membership of the NKFI Professional Advisory Board (PAB) is comprised of Illinois' leading nephrologists, researchers, advocates, physicians, academics, and allied health professionals. The board works with NKFI leadership, and contributes to the foundation's community programs, research priorities, educational efforts, public policy development, and strategic planning.


The clinical and regional expertise of the Professional Advisory Board is invaluable to the NKFI. With their guidance, we continue to forge froward, purse our mission, and build new and innovative patient service programs that benefit the thousands of Illinois patients and families affected by kidney disease.


become a member

be our partner in progress

In addition to contributing to the work of the NKFI, Professional Advisory Board members enjoy the support and camaraderie of a special community of like-minded peers, and often benefit from unique networking opportunities.  


Physician members of the Professional Advisory Board pay an annual fee of $150. Allied healthcare professionals (nurses, techs, dietitians, social workers, etc) pay an annual fee of $75. Fellows, medical residents and students interested in joining the PAB are offered complimentary memberships.


Specific membership benefits include:


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Ready to help patients and communities, and join the NKFI in our fight?

more information


To learn more about membership in the NKFI Professional Advisory Board, please contact the NKFI's Director of Programs, Rachel DePauw.



phone: (312) 321 - 1500  x 258

executive committee

  • Shubhada Ahya, MD | Chair, Northwestern University Medicine

  • Stella Awua-Larbi, MD Silver Cross Hospital

  • Amishi Desai, DO University of Illinois Health

  • Chet Desai, MD Southwest Nephrology Associates

  • Claudia Lora, MD University of Illinois Health

  • Jay Paparello, MD | Northwestern University Medicine

  • Tammy Poma, NP University of Chicago Medicine

  • Madhav Rao, MD Associates in Nephrology

  • Ana Ricardo, MD, MPH, MS | University of Illinois Health

  • Andres Serrano, MD Mt. Sinai Hospital

  • Suneel Udani, MD Nephrology Associates of Northern Indiana and Illinois

  • Sanjeev Akkina, MD | Research Chair, Loyola University Medical Center

  • Kevin Myrie, MD | Nephrology Associates of Northern Indiana and Illinois


current PAB members

meet our allies in the fight


find a PAB member near you

how to use the member map

If you are a patient, family member, or NKFI supporter interested in connecting with a Professional Advisory Board member near you, simply use the map below. Here's how it works:


  • First, click on the map itself (or tap on it, if you're using a mobile device).

  • Then, simply enter your address or zip code in the search field located in the map's upper left-hand corner.

  • Each PAB member's office is marked on the map with an orange pin.

  • After you've entered your location information, the member closest to you will be marked with a blue pin.


Clicking on an individual pin will let you learn more about that member, including details on their healthcare affiliation, location specifics, and contact info.


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